What to Expect

Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in beautiful, spacious guest accommodations overlooking our gardens. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.

Course and retreat participants at OAEC can also expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.

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Thanks to grant support we receive, the inclusive training fee is $850 per participant for individuals and $800 per person for members of school teams (2 or more from the same school). This covers materials, instruction & staff costs and onsite accommodations including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals during the training. We cannot offer additional scholarships. Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity. A $300 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your space.

If you cancel with less than 30 days notice prior to the start date of the course, this deposit is not refundable. However, any balance paid beyond the deposit will be refunded. If you give more than 30 days notice, you will be refunded your registration and deposit fees. All refund requests must be made by the course participant or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.


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Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, we teach participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing, fundraising and more.

By connecting to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with a STEM focus, we support school teams in integrating the instructional school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.

Participants gain experience in:

  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching outside.
  • Ecological content to infuse into their curriculum.
  • Organizing skills to support their classes & school community to learn through the living learnscape.




Contact Resilient Community Design Director Kendall Dunnigan to discuss your district’s participation.

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Participants will be inspired to integrate the following content and place-based systems into their schools:

  • Nutrition: cooking from the garden
  • Vermiculture
  • Composting and recycling
  • Project-based learning
  • Medicine from the garden: salves, lotions, soaps & infusions
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Food Justice
  • Habitat gardens
  • Farm to School

Academic Credit

Through Sonoma State University, participants can receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units or 2 units of Academic Credit. If you wish to receive credits, please bring a separate check or credit card. Current fees are $60 for the CEUs, and $110 for Academic Credits. To receive these units, participants must attend all five days of the session.


“I am incredibly impressed with the OAEC facilities and staff. You can feel the experience, expertise and time and energy in every intentional detail. Thank you for creating and sharing your space: a true renewal for all who experience it.”

“It was truly an amazing week chock full of thought provoking ideas. I expected to learn about school gardens, and I’m leaving with a vigorous, life-changing vision of the world and my role as a teacher and parent.”

“Eight years into creating a native plant habitat at our school and my vision is still founded on principles learned at the OAEC School Garden Teacher Training. We were recognized as Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year by the Sonoma County Conservation Council.”